Where Chefs Eat in San Francisco

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Restaurants:Trou Normand, Quince, The Progress
Price Range:$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Californian, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:SOMA, Financial District / Embarcadero, Western Addition

Trou Normand

$$$$·Californian·
SOMA
566 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
“A place to go to for well-executed, simple food, and great drinks.” – Corey Lee
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Quince

$$$$·Californian·
Financial District / Embarcadero
2,577 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
“I love the tasting menu and wine pairing with the extra cheese course. Every bite is spectacular.” – Daniel Costa
88% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
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The Progress

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Western Addition
1,346 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
“Incredible cooking and atmosphere from a progressive chef.” – Kyle Connaughton
92% recommended
Contemporary American in San Francisco Bay Area
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Benu

$$$$·Contemporary American·
SOMA
1,607 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
“Probably the best fine dining restaurant in the country right now. Corey Lee's cooking is extraordinary, and the service and wine program are great as well.” – Daniel Patterson
95% recommended
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State Bird Provisions

$$$$·Californian·
Western Addition
1,588 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
“This restaurant rocks – always fun and a really great concept.” – Aaron London
92% recommended
Californian in San Francisco Bay Area
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Monsieur Benjamin

$$$$·French·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
2,227 reviews
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
“When my wife and I ask one another where we want to eat on our day off, more often than not we end up concluding that we just want to go back here again. French bistro fare is deeRead more
83% recommended
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AL's Place

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
1,616 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Recommended by Chef Val Cantu from Californios
87% recommended
Healthy in San Francisco
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House of Prime Rib

$$$$·Steak·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
11,091 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Anniversaries
Recommended by Chefs Evan & Sarah Rich from Rich Table
95% recommended
Best Value in San Francisco Bay Area
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In Situ

$$$$·Global, International·
SOMA
786 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Recommended by Chef Paul Cunningham from Henne Kirkeby Kro
86% recommended
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Namu Stonepot (FKA Namu Gaji)

$$$$·Californian·
Mission
580 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
Recommended by Chef Ravi Kapur from Liholiho Yacht Club
88% recommended
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Cala

$$$$·Mexican·
Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
932 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Recommended by Chef Olle T. Cellton from Babette
86% recommended
Mexican in San Francisco Bay Area
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Coi

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Financial District / Embarcadero
1,432 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
  • Romantic
Recommended by Chef Giulio Sturla from Roots
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Ijji Sushi - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Japanese·
North Panhandle / USF
177 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Recommended by Chef Val Cantu from Californios
94% recommended
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